The latest on the Ricky Clemmons front is this: Ricky was in Columbia for a couple of days earlier this month checking in and taking care of some transitional issues. He worked very hard this spring finishing up his coursework from Southern Idaho and is only a few days from having everything wrapped up. There will be no eligibility problems for Ricky Clemmons matriculating at Mizzou and he is scheduled to be in Columbia to workout with the team starting in early July. Great news for Mizzou fans because this kid can really ball.
Kevin Young & Jimmy McKinney.
The latest news on these incoming freshmen is that they will be playing in St. Louis in Demetrius Johnson's charity tournament this weekend. McKinney will be on the St. Louis squad, while Young will be on the opposite team. McKinney has been in Columbia working out with the team and already looks like he's been a Tiger for years. Young has also been on the Jeff Watkinson workout program and has dropped 10 lbs. since arriving in Columbia just a few weeks ago.
The Big Guys.
The word from Hearnes is that Travon Bryant and Arthur Johnson have never been in better shape than they are right now. Both big men have been lifting weights and running religiously, while taking it easy on the junk food. Expect to see both juniors take their games to a higher level in the fall.
The concensus among insiders is that Missouri would like to land at least one prominent recruit before this fall, however, it might not happen given the collection of recruits they are currently after. Players like Olu Famutimi, Loul Deng, Thomas Gardner, and Linas Kleiza are all expected to wait until after the upcoming season to announce any college commitments. Missouri is expected to offer up to four scholarships to the Class of 2003, with up to five scholarships then coming available for the Class of 2004.
Coach Q at the NBA Draft.
Missouri was happy when Quin Snyder was invited by Turner Broadcasting to help host the upcoming NBA Draft. Not only will Snyder be able to provide expert commentary on the top group of players coming out of college, but he is also very familiar with the top high school kids who are testing the NBA waters.
Between the Elite Eight tournament run and being a part of the nationally televised NBA draft, Quin Snyder continues to gain clout and positive exposure for Missouri, which will translate into recruiting successes down the road.